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Planchonella sandwicensis

Planchonella sandwicensis (A. Gray) Pierre

'Ala'a, Aulu, Elaa, Kaulu

Sapotaceae (Sapodilla family)


USDA Symbol: PLSA2

USDA Native Status:


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 65 feet tall.
Fruit: Yellow, orange or purplish black.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Habitat: Dry to mesic forests, diverse mesic forests.


Bibref 1798 - Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawaii, Revised Edition (1999) Wagner, W.L.; Herbst, D.R.; Sohmer, S.H.

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Web Reference

Webref 43 - Hawaiian Native Plant Genera (2006) University of Hawaii
Webref 31 - Native Plants Hawai’i (2018) University of Hawaii
Webref 44 - Plants of Hawaii (1997) Starr Environmental

Additional resources

USDA: Find Planchonella sandwicensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Planchonella sandwicensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Planchonella sandwicensis


Record Modified: 2021-01-02
Research By: CBR

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